SIMBA said the recovery of centre-back Henock Inonga and striker Aubin Kramo is a big boost as they gear up for the first leg match of the CAF Champions League against Power Dynamos on September 16th this year.
The Msimbazi Street Reds will play their first leg encounter away at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Zambia before hosting them in a reverse leg game at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
In the two legs, a team that excels in the two-legged encounter will step into the group stage of the biggest club level’s competition on the continent.
Besides playing in the Champions League, Simba will also be featured in the African Football League whose draw will be conducted this Saturday to enable the teams know their opponents.
But, speaking yesterday in the city, Simba’s Media and Communication Manager Ahmed Ally reiterated that the duo are now fully fit and ready to bring happiness to their fans.
“Both Inonga and Kramo have begun training sessions with their teammates and to us, this is a good news bearing in mind that they are among high rated players we have.
“I know that most Simba fans are waiting to see what Kramo will bring and without doubt, he has potential to help out team achieve great things due to his known football experience,” Ally said.
For Inonga, he picked up the injury during the Community Shield match when Simba played against Singida Fountain Gate at Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga recently.
He then went on to miss the traditional derby final match against Young Africans and two Premier League’s matches against Mtibwa Sugar and Dodoma Jiji.
This forced Coach Roberto Oliveira to feature Kennedy Juma as his replacement who partnered well with the centre -back Che Malone.
Also, Ally disclosed that they plan play some friendly matches before heading to Zambia for the Champions League match, insisting that they have stayed for a long time without engagement.
“Since we faced Dodoma Jiji in the league match on August 20th, we have not played any competitive game as such, there is a strong desire to play a couple of signal testing games to put players in a combat mood,” he said.